According to Webster’s Dictionary, to micromanage is to manage with excessive control, or attention to detail.  According to Dictioary.com, it is to manage with excessive attention to detail.  Most employees simply view micromanagement as nerve racking.  Employees also equate micromanagement with lack of trust.  Despite all of the negativity that surrounds this term, there may be situations where micromanagement is necessary.

For example, if a small business owner decides to hire their first employee, they may need to spend a great deal of time getting them acclimated to everything.  After all, they are going to be helping the owner grow their business.  This is especially true if the newbie is entering into a new field.  They are going to need to be trained on whatever industry they’re entering into; as well as how the company operates. Consequently, the owner will have to engage in “micromanagement”.

Micromanaging may also be helpful for companies with a staff.  It’s important for owners and managers to get to know their staff for a number of reasons.  What better way to get to know the people that will be doing the bulk of the work than to micromanage them?   Micromanaging helps the owner/manager learn each employee’s strengths as well as weaknesses. This is important information for maximizing the potential of any company.

Even though some managers may view micromanaging as a necessary evil, there is an art to micromanaging.  In many cases, small business owners have a hard time turning over a great deal of responsibility to new employees.  From the beginning of the company, the business owner may have taken care of everything; therefore, they view their company much like someone else may view their child.  So they are extremely careful with their baby, which in this case is their business.   Managers must figure out when to back away and trust their employees, otherwise they will move from micromanaging into mismanaging.

by: Gminski Stubbs

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